Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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52 {Books} in 52: Tuck Everlasting

Oh yikes. I am behind on my book goal. I'm halfway to my 52-books-in-2011 goal, I'm behind on writing about the books I've read on here, and I don't know if it's possible to read 26 more books in four months with me starting the student thing this week. What do you think?

Anyway, in between reading books I check out from the library I'm trying to read the books I currently own. There are close to 40 books that I have bought at one point or another or inherited with the intention to read. The first book on that list was Tuck Everlasting by Nadine Babbitt. I didn't really know what the book was about prior to reading it but I was curious as to it being considered a children's story. Is this a book Cati will have to read one day?

The book is meant for older kids (9-12 according to Amazon) and it's the story of ten-year-old Winnie and her introduction to the fountain-of-youth-drinking Tuck family. Winnie's meeting of the family is happenstance but that chance encounter leads to very serious events: a kidnapping, a murder, and a prison break. In between it all you see Winnie mature from a sheltered little girl afraid to leave the confines of her home to a girl willing to risk her life for strangers because she understands the pros and cons to immortality. The book ends with the revelation of Winnie's choice: does she choose to live a regular life or an immortal one?

Some of the issues did seem a little too adult for a children's book, but then again that may just be a reflection of my discomfort in the prospect of talking about death with children and my inability to conceive what 12 year-old Cati understands and thinks about the world. Regardless, the book is good and sweet and the thought of having deep conversations about life with Cati excites me.

Here's what I've read for my 52 {Books} in 52 challenge:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
5. Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace by Ayelet Waldman
6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
7. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
8.  Misery Loves Cabernet by Kim Gruenenfelder
9.  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
10. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
11. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
12. Best Day of Someone Else's Life by Kerry Reichs
13. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
14. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
15. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
16. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
17. Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson
18. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
19.  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
20.  Bossypants by Tina Fey
21. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
22. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt


Lara said...

Have you ever watched the movie? The one with several times-Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson (mostly known for his role as Lucky in General Hospital)? He's amazing and the movie is very sweet and good for kids too!

Stephanie said...

I haven't seen the movie! I need to watch it. I wanted to read the book before watching it :)